Archive for the ‘Glossolalia’ Category

Whoops, wrong Olde English. Today I shall tell you the (extremely simplified) story of how English came to be. In the 5th century AD during a period called “the Migration Period,” the Roman Empire was waning in influence in Northwest Europe and Germanic peoples started expanding out from their territory. Romans had been already in […]


In preparation for some Glossolalia posts, I am really getting into Beowulf. The first 11 lines of the poem: Hwæt! We Gardena         in geardagum,  þeodcyninga,         þrym gefrunon,  hu ða æþelingas         ellen fremedon.  Oft Scyld Scefing         sceaþena þreatum,  5monegum mægþum,     […]


I’m in love! Ten episodes, a minute a piece, tracking the history of the English language. Just FYI, two of the seven words in the title of this post aren’t of English or Germanic origin. Which ones?


Ночь, улица, фонарь, аптека, Бессмысленный и тусклый свет. Живи еще хоть четверть века – Все будет так. Исхода нет. – Умрешь – начнешь опять сначала, И повторится все, как встарь, Ночь, ледяная рябь канала, Аптека, улица, фонарь. – Александр Блок Картина от  Suhanova3887 


In 1066, the Normans crossed the English Channel and invaded Hastings on the Southern English coast. The Norman king, William I, won the battle, killing the English king, Harold II, in the process. Despite winning the battle, the Normans were sick, tired and ready to be done. William I waited in Hastings for the English […]


Тоска (English translit. “toska”) “No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick […]